'Show of Hands' | Phrase Definition, Origin, & Examples
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Show of Hands

‘Show of Hands’ means raising hands to vote about something.

Example of use: “By a show of hands, how many of you would prefer to have the test on Friday?”

Interesting fact

Voting can take place in many ways and one of the most common is described as a “show of hands.” The origin of the idiom “a show of hands” is believed to be 1789 England.